Washington men, California women win Pac-12 men's and women's rowing championships
GOLD RIVER, Calif. –WASHINGTON claimed their sixth-straight Pac-12 Men’s Rowing Championship with a dominating performance in which they swept every race of the day. The CALIFORNIA women also continued a legacy, winning their tenth Pac-12 Championship in the last twelve years.
The five-time defending Pac-12 champion Huskies didn’t waste any time on their quest for their sixth-straight and 34th overall Pac-12 title, taking gold in every race of the day on the men’s side.
In the men’s novice eight race, the Huskies passed the finish line at 5:54.4—2.6 seconds faster than second-place California (5:57.0) and 37.6 seconds faster than third-place OREGON STATE (6:32.0). It was a similar story in the men’s third varsity eight, with Washington (5:58.8) beating Cal (6:00.2) narrowly and both teams being well ahead of third-place Oregon State (6:29.1).
The Huskies continued their dominance in the second varsity eight, beating the Golden Bears by 5.5 seconds. The stage was set for the Washington men’s varsity 8 to put the icing on the cake and win a sixth-straight Pac-12 Championship. The Huskies finished the final race of the day with a time of 5:45.0, Cal came in second with a 5:48.9, and STANFORD took third with a 6:07.2.
In total, Washington collected 72 points to take the team championship while California posted 63 to earn second place for the sixth year in a row. Oregon State came in third with 50 points. Stanford took fourth with 49, followed by WASHINGTON STATE (26) and COLORADO (20).
Washington was just one race shy of sweeping the whole race on both the men’s and women’s side. The Huskies won every women’s race besides the varsity eight, as the Golden Bears took the final race and the team championship in dramatic fashion.
The day started for the women with the third varsity eight: Washington came in first with a 6:47.7, followed by Cal (6:58.1) in second and WASHINGTON STATE (7:01.9) in third. Washington won again in the women’s varsity four, coming in with a time of 7:30.2. Washington State followed 1.5 seconds behind, beating third-place Cal (7:36.5). Washington, Cal, and Washington State were the medalists once again in the women’s second varsity eight—coming in at 6:39.7, 6:44.2, and 6:46.4 respectively.
It all came down to the final race—the varsity eight—with Washington was in the lead. The Golden Bears however had other plans in mind. The Bears beat second-place and defending Pac-12 Champions Stanford by 6.1 seconds in the last race of the day to claim the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Championship. Washington came in third in the varsity eight with a time of 6:39.2.
The Golden Bears raked in a total of 41 points to claim the title and an automatic qualifying bid to NCAA Championships. Washington finished second with 39.5 points, followed by Washington State (30.5) in third, defending champ Stanford (29.5) in fourth, USC (20.5) in fifth, UCLA (11) in sixth and Oregon State (10) in seventh.
The women will head to the NCAA Championships that are being hosted by the Pac-12 and will take place May 29-31 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. while the men will compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at Mercer Lake in Windsor, N.J. May 29-31.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Washington 72
2. California 63
3. Oregon State 50
4. Stanford 49
5. Washington State 26
6. Colorado 20
1. California 41
2. Washington 39.5
3. Washington State 30.5
4. Stanford 29.5
5. USC 20.5
6. UCLA 11
7. Oregon State 10